Thousands turn up for Belfast's Gay Pride parade

The Belfast Gay Pride parade is in its 21st year

Thousands of people lined the streets of Belfast city centre for the annual Gay Pride parade on Saturday.

Now in its 21st year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be the largest of its kind in Ireland and in the top ten in the UK.

Small religious protests were held along the route but the organisers of the parade said it was good for Belfast.

They said they had gone to significant lengths to make it 'family friendly'.

The parade kicked off a number of events over the weekend including a sports and family fun day in Ormeau Park on Sunday.

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